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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford feuds with police chief

A pileup near Innisfil, Ontario, south of Barrie was caused by snow squalls on Thursday. The 96-vehicle pileup of cars and trucks closed Highway 400 for most of the day.

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A pileup near Innisfil, Ontario, south of Barrie was caused by snow squalls on Thursday. The 96-vehicle pileup of cars and trucks closed Highway 400 for most of the day.

"Arrest me," embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says in a challenge to police Chief Bill Blair.

Ford — who had made international headlines for his admitted "drunken" outbursts and for using crack cocaine — refuses to apologize for a profane rant against Blair, caught on video, in a restaurant last month.

The latest feud started after the chief said publicly that he was "deeply offended" by Ford's remarks and actions.

Ford challenged Blair to disclose the cost of an extensive investigation after a video emerged appearing to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

"Why won't he come clean and tell the taxpayers how much money has he spent on surveilling me and obviously coming up with nothing — just with me urinating in a parking lot and coming up with an empty vodka bottle?" Ford said.

The investigation resulted in Ford's friend Alexander Lisi being arrested for drug offenses and extortion concerning the crack video.

Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory, who has entered the race to succeed Ford in October's election, called the mayor's comments a "disgrace."

News in brief

• Pop-up snow squalls led to one death and multiple-vehicle crashes across southern Ontario on Thursday. Ontario provincial police Sgt. Peter Leon said a "wall of snow" caught many drivers off guard. There was a 96-vehicle pileup of cars and trucks that closed Highway 400 near Barrie for most of the day and caused several injuries. One person was killed in two 30-vehicle crashes on Highway 402 near London.

• Revenues dropped but profits rose after major restructuring at Sears Canada, while Target finds it tough going in Canada. Sears reported a $373.7 million net profit for the latest quarter, up from $39.9 million a year ago, while revenue fell by $129 million to $1.17 billion. Target, still coping with pricing concerns and product shortages at its 124 new Canadian stores, had sales of $623 million and a loss of $329 million in the quarter.

Facts and figures

Canada's dollar advanced to 90.46 cents U.S. on Friday while the U.S. dollar returned $1.1053 in Canadian funds, before bank exchange fees.

The Bank of Canada's key interest rate is steady at 1 percent while the prime-lending rate remains at 3 percent.

Stock markets are higher, with the Toronto exchange index at 14,267 points and the TSX Venture index 1,021 points.

The average price of a liter of gas across Canada is up at $1.3116 (Canadian).

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Regional briefs

• The Royal Bank of Canada says the ability of Canadians to keep up with housing costs could be hampered should mortgage rates rise this year. The bank estimates maintaining a detached bungalow takes up 43.1 percent of the average household income, and 48.7 percent for a two-story house. A bungalow in Vancouver, however, costs 81.6 percent, followed by Toronto at 55.6 percent, Montreal, 38.8, Ottawa, 36.7, Calgary, 33.8 and Edmonton, 33.3 percent.

• The Quebec "language police" are demanding that Eva Cooper, who owns Delilah's (in the Parc) women's boutique in Chelsea near Ottawa, add French to her Facebook page. Acting on a complaint, the Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise said she is violating a section of the province's charter that makes French the official language. Cooper said she has a right to express herself in whatever language she wants on social media.

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